Most people are unfamiliar with dog bite law. Considering the fact that dogs are almost everywhere that we look more people should be familiar with dog bite laws. Many people mistakenly believe that dogs will not bite them. Without a doubt, there are many dogs that have calm demeanors and truly fit the ideal of man’s best friend. However, dogs are animals – and they have animal instincts. Dogs will become aggressive under a number of circumstances, including if they feel threatened or scared, for example. No matter how well-behind or trained a dog seems to be (or is claimed to be), a dog could bite and cause serious injuries.
If you or a member of your family suffered a dog bite injury, you likely have ground to pursue a dog bite injury claim. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue a dog bite injury claim after suffering a dog bite in West Covina and surrounding areas, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Eldessouky Law at your earliest convenience.
What is Dog Bite Law?
When trying to understand dog bite law, you must be aware of the different dog bite legislation that could apply to your current situation. A dog bite statute makes dog owners automatically liable for the harm caused by their dogs if they bite (given that they bite without provocation). On the contrary, a one-bite rule/statute establishes that dog owners ae liable for the damages caused by their dogs given that they were aware that their dogs could be dangerous and pose a bite-risk to others. In addition, a general negligence statute could apply; dog owners could be held accountable for dog bite injuries given that their negligence or recklessness contributed the dog bite injury. Based strictly on California law, dog owners will be liable for the harm caused by their dogs, given that the bite occurred while the victim was lawfully in a private area or in a public space. If you would like to learn more about dog bite law and the laws that apply to your claim, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
How to Prepare for a Dog Bite Injury Claim
If you are interested in pursuing a dog bite injury claim, it is essential that you take action to preserve your right to eventually pursue a claim. Some of the things that you should do to prepare to file a claim include the following:
- Collecting information on the time, date, and location of your dog attack
- Gathering the name and insurance information of the dog owner
- Gathering witness contact information
- Recording a thorough description of the dog and details of the attack
- Taking photos of your dog bite injuries
- Keeping thorough records of your medical treatment and bills
What information does a victim need to gather prior to speaking with a lawyer? If you complete the points listed above, you will have gathered the tools necessary to speak to an attorney and begin your legal process against the party liable for the harm that you suffered.
When you gather all the evidence necessary to start your claim, your claim is likely to be successful; subsequently, you will likely be eligible to recover compensation for all of the harm that you suffered due to your dog bite injury. How much compensation could you receive? What type of compensation could you recover? In general, victims and their families could recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and punitive damages (only in some cases). If you would like to learn more about the specific type and amount of compensation that you might be eligible to receive if your West Covina dog bite injury claim is successful, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Eldessouky Law as soon as possible.
Contacting Our Law Firm
Why would you need a lawyer after a dog bite? Unfortunately, liable parties will often refuse to pay. Insurance companies might also refuse to pay. When you hire a lawyer to handle your claim, you are ensuring that your claim is always taken seriously. You are also ensuring that there is always someone representing your best interests. If you are in need of legal representation after suffering a dog bite injury in West Covina, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers will provide you with the legal representation that you need. How does our firm stand out from the rest of the firms that claim to handle dog bite cases? Our law firm is committed to providing all victims of dog bite injuries with the representation that is necessary to pursue a claim and recover compensation. When you allow our firm to handle your claim, you can be certain that our experts will consistently fight for your right to recover the compensation to which you are entitled. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue a West Covina dog bite claim, do not hesitate to contact us.